Fort Union National Monument…

Last Friday we were able to visit Fort Union National Monument located in northwestern New Mexico.The kids were anxious to visit something other than pueblo dwellings!The kids did the Jr. Ranger program (but they didn’t have patches like they said online ;(We checked out the museum… and after lunch we (some of us) walked the […]

Pecos National Historic Park…

Last Thursday, while working our way up I-25 towards home (albeit slowly), we stopped by Pecos NHP. We were pretty excited about this stop because it sounded like a Civil War battlefield on the NPS website. We have seen so many cliff dwellings, pueblos, and petroglyphs that we needed something new or my troops might […]

Bandelier National Monument, N.M…

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Last week we took the opportunity to drive about an hour north of Albuquerque to visit yet another National Park. The farther away from the city we drove, the more the landscape changed…And as we neared the park, we started to notice these odd rock formations full of holes. So many holes that they reminded […]

Petroglyph National Monument, N.M….

Monday evening, we moved down the road just a bit to Albuquerque. The scenery was beautiful – we have grown to love looking at the desert as we drive (which is not to say that we necessarily love to walk around in it!). The landscape features are changing too… We stayed last Monday night in […]

El Malpais and El Morro National Monument, NM…

Last Monday we visited the El Malpais National Monument and the El Morro National Monument – they are located very close to one another tho they are worlds apart in what they feature. We stayed in Grants, NM, so we started by stopping at the northwestern N.M. visitor’s center located in Grants – I had […]

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ…

For some reason, I have really wanted to visit the Petrified Forest National Park. I’m not sure why, as I figured that we would be inundated with ‘millions of years’ through the exhibits, the film that the visitor’s centers always have, and the Jr. Ranger booklets. Still, I really wanted to visit, and since we […]

How to get to the Gila Cliff Dwellings…

The drive to the Gila Cliff Dwellings begs it’s own post; it was an experience in itself. We were parked in Silver City, so we decided to take highway 15 to the dwellings since it goes between Silver City and the dwellings, while the alternate 35 is about 8 miles east of S.C., and miles […]

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Park, N.M.

After leaving City of Rocks, we mosied on down the road to the WalMart in Silver City. It was too late to go to the Gila Cliff Dwellings yet that day, so we spent the night in the parking lot, and the next morning took the van to the dwellings. Since the crazy, beautiful drive […]

Goodbye City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico…

After we left Leasburg Dam S.P., we decided to camp at City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico. We had visited on a day trip last year and spent a few hours climbing on the rocks, and decided that it would be a super fun place to have a few down days. Vaughn found […]

Camp Furlong Day in Columbus, New Mexico!

Today was the 7th Annual Camp Furlong Day in Columbus, New Mexico. It is held in remembrance of Pancho Villa’s raid into N.M. in 1916. The festivities began at 9 this morning with music, the raising of the US flag, and then riders coming across the border and into the park about 10:30… We didn’t […]